NPR Core Publisher
Core Publisher is a CMS for public radio stations. Used by almost 200 of the 365 stations around the country, NPR Digital Services overhauled CP to offer greater flexibility for stations.
As lead designer, I began by reimagining the platform at a high-level considering fluid grids and typography. That quickly transitioned into goal-setting, usability testing and collaborating with stations. Our team consists of a product manager, 2 engineers, 1 front-end developer and myself. In just a few months we began rolling out the new responsive theme. However, it's more than just a theme. It's improved functionality—a new way to place assets and display articles, as well as the ability to fully customize a station's masthead.
Perhaps that's been the biggest challenge; each station has a different set of needs. We have to create design systems that allow for over 200 stations to manage their identity as easily as their content. News-focused, music-focused, joint-licensees, large- and small-market, etc. The public media landscape is diverse.
Our adoption rate is now close to 50%. Plus, last week we began rolling out a persistent audio player allowing visitors to enjoy uninterrupted live radio while browsing great local content. Check out a few stations using our beta release: michiganradio.org, wamc.org and wvxu.org.